After much debate, it appears the long awaited rematch between welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck will take place on a yet-to-be announced UFC 124 event on December 11th.
“It’s really looking like that fight will be in [Las Vegas, Nevada],” UFC president Dana White told the Las Vegas Sun. “If I could do it Toronto, believe me, I’d do it there in a heartbeat.”
The two potential landing spots for the mulligan were Toronto, Canada or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. GSP sells out practically every arena he enters, however the Canadian sets records when he’s showcased in his homeland. However, Toronto has stood firm with their anti-MMA stance and Octagon brass were left with no choice but to move on.
The challenger is from the Steel City, and while Kos hosting a card in his own backyard would have made for a great television, Pitt just simply doesn’t have the glitz and glamor that a show on The Las Vegas Strip could provide.
“We’re still talking about doing a fight in Pittsburgh, but if you’re going to a fight, do you want to go do Pittsburgh or do you want to go to Vegas?,” White rhetorically asked. “If we’re going to do a big, major title fight like that, we’ve got to do it in Las Vegas.”
If the highly anticipated affair is going to be held in Sin City, either the MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Event Center will play host.
St-Pierre took a hard-fought unanimous decision over Koscheck in their meeting at UFC 74. It was his first fight since being humbled by Matt Serra just four months prior, but more importantly, the debut of the new St-Pierre. GSP 2.0 has executed a much more conservative, yet smart and dominant, attack en route to collecting seven consecutive wins and recapturing the title.
Koscheck posted a convincing unanimous decision win over Paul Daley at UFC 113 in his last outing. The victory earned the controversial wrestler coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter 12″ opposite the planet’s baddest 170-pounder, as well as the next shot at his strap.